Monday, 22 December 2014

Merry Christmas

Spotted on a visit yesterday to the lovely old town of Stamford, just a few miles north of here....

a beautiful and varied array

of Christmas wreaths

adorning people's 

front doors.

The run up to Christmas has been busy and full of anticipation chez fenland lottie, but also tinged with great sadness.

Just over a week ago. mr digandweed's father died after a short illness.
He was a keen gardener and loved to visit our allotment and enjoyed reading this blog.
As a much loved dad and grandad, he will be greatly missed, but we are grateful that he lived a very full and active life right up until the last couple of weeks and died peacefully at home surrounded by his family.

We are looking forward to a Christmas spent with those we hold most dear and with cherished memories of those who are no longer with us and our wish is for the same for you.

Happy Christmas everyone.
love from annjenny and mr digandweed

Saturday, 13 December 2014

a list

The days seem to be galloping by so fast I can hardly keep up.
Christmas is nearly here. But there is still a lot to do.

display in one of our local shop windows

In such circumstances, the only thing to do is write a list.
A list clears the mind; organises the brain. Not to mention the thrill of crossing things off!

On my list this weekend:

write cards 
order turkey
wrap presents
get decorations from garage
marzipan cake
make mince pies

I made the mincemeat earlier in the week - my usual recipe but with dried cranberries instead of mixed peel. I recommend a little chopping, mixing and stirring in a quiet kitchen, cup of tea to hand, as a good antidote to the hustle and bustle at this time of year.

And this afternoon, low winter sun streaming into the kitchen, radio on, I spent a quiet hour making the mince pies.
One more thing crossed off!

Meanwhile, as the Big Day approaches, Santa has been seen out and about.
CJ at Above the River glimpsed him riding past on a vintage motor cycle. 
Last week, he was seen along our road on an illuminated trailer.
And yesterday, I spotted him going down the escalator outside John Lewis.
Presumably, he'd been doing some last minute shopping.

Has anyone else had a Santa Sighting?

Monday, 1 December 2014


A new baby in the family is a wonderful thing.
Tiny girlie is already 5 weeks old and a source of huge joy.

As new grandparents, she makes us feel at once younger and yet older. 
Younger, because she reminds us so vividly of when our two girls were babies, which sometimes seems but a moment ago and older, because I think of the life that lies ahead of her, the things she will see and do when I am long gone!

Today is the 1st December and Christmas will soon be here.
The Christmas cake has been made; some presents bought.
But there is still lots to do.

Still time,though, for a misty morning walk to enjoy the beautiful late autumn colours.

And time too, to make some mini sponge cakes, flavoured with the zest of that most Christmassy of fruit - clementines - and sandwiched with cinnamon pumpkin butter .

Happy Monday to you all and I hope your Christmas preparations are going well.